NIGHT ANIMALS by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A giggle-inducing new gem for the night-fears bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Animals turn topsy-turvy in fear of things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >
FREDDY THE FROGCASTER AND THE HUGE HURRICANE by Janice Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 13, 2015

"Common-sense attitude and advice, sunnily conveyed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Budding weatherfrog Freddy makes his television debut as a hurricane roars over Lilypad. Read full book review >

THE BEAST IN MY BELLY by Grzegorz Kasdepke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2015

"An amusing take on a universal human experience, one that should strike giggling chords among its readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
At first alarmed by the "beast in her belly," a little girl eventually makes peace with it in this very short chapter book. Read full book review >
TEN MONSTERS IN THE BED by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A distinct change of pace from the cute clucks and oinks of Noisy Farm (2013) and like sound-makers. (Picture book/novelty. 2-6)"
Setting new standards for gross sound effects, 10 monsters snore, scream, scratch, hiccup, belch, or worse as they tumble one by one out of an overcrowded bunk bed. Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY by Leilani Sparrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ideal for new readers who are also new to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Written in the first person in a rollicking rhyme, this look at a little bear's first school day will reassure those just starting preschool or kindergarten. Read full book review >

THE SCHOOL SHOW by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Penny and Jelly are sure to warm the hearts of both future talent-show contestants and readers who have similarly close canine friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peabody Elementary School Talent Show is a source of anxiety for Penny, who has no clear talent. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADE DROPOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A sure conversation-starter about empathy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In typical child fashion, an embarrassing slip of the tongue leads one young blond boy to want to drop out of school altogether. Read full book review >
DAD'S FIRST DAY by Mike Wohnoutka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"By the end of the book, readers will be all set for school too: this is sure to provoke shared laughter that will calm the fears of even the most unready parents. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With tongue firmly in cheek, Wohnoutka recognizes that kids going to school for the first time aren't the only ones who are nervous. Read full book review >
POPPY'S BEST PAPER by Susan Eaddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Poppy's paper is hard-won but worth the A it gets. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Following her decision to become a writer when she grows up, Poppy takes a significant step in the right direction—after a few false starts. Read full book review >
THE THUNDER EGG by Tim J. Myers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Well-meaning but flawed. (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
An original tale based in folklore about a Native American girl's willingness to help her people through the power of a mysterious stone. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF SELKIE BAY by Shelley Moore Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though the book is not without flaws, readers looking for a strong main character or intrigued by Celtic folklore will find much to enjoy. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When your mum's gone and your da doesn't know when she's coming back, someone must keep the family together. It is up to young Cordie, even if she must lie to do so. Read full book review >
DORY AND THE REAL TRUE FRIEND by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Old friends and new will hope this highly successful sequel will not be the last starring this inventive, original child. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Who will be 6-year-old Dory's friend at school if she doesn't take Mary the monster with her? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >